About the WaterFront Center
Oyster Bay is said to have some of the healthiest waters in the Long Island Sound; they are classified SA - signifying the highest and best water quality. Home of the famous "Pine Island" oysters, farmed since l887 by Frank M. Flower and Sons, our waters produce up to 90 percent of the oysters and up to 40 percent of the hard clams harvested in all of New York State. This area of the waterfront used to be the site of Jakobson’s Shipyard, which during World War II employed over 600 workers, building minesweepers, tugboats and mini-submarines for the U.S. Navy. The Jakobson Shipyard in Oyster Bay was once at the center of Long Island's shipbuilding industry. At its height of production, it was the largest builder of tugboats east of the Mississippi. Eventually, changes in the industry left the future of this valuable waterfront site in question. Concerned citizens of Oyster Bay, who feared that the site could wind up in the hands of developers, stepped in to ensure the site remained a center for the community to explore its rich maritime heritage and connection to the bay. So in 1996, the site was purchased by the State of New York and the Town of Oyster Bay, and in 2000 the WaterFront Center was born to transform the site into a hands-on educational and recreational facility. Today this is the home of the WaterFront Center, an environmental education and recreation not-for-profit community center. It is also the home of Christeen, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest surviving Oyster Sloop in North America.Learn More About the Waterfront Center
News & Updates
- August 22nd, 2017Sailing in West Harbor is always more fun when you’re racing toward the finish line! WFC Racing is our competitive outlet for sailors to put their skills to the test amongst our welcoming community. While racing can seem intimidating to even very experienced sailors, Tuesday Night Racing at the WaterFront Center offers an entry point ...
- August 18th, 2017
Let’s Talk Solar Eclipse!
by Michelle Hollander
The latest hubbub is about a special event occurring on Monday, August 21st. It’s a total solar eclipse – where the moon passes directly in front of the sun. While solar eclipses are not necessarily rare (2-5 occur per year), there has not been a total ...
- August 14th, 2017WaterFront Center Sailors Win JSA C420 Long Island Sound Championship
By Brent Bomkamp
In 2013 the WaterFront Center expanded its C420 race program to include the summer season of Junior Sailing Association events, training junior sailors between the ages of 14 and 18 to compete at regattas along the Connecticut coast and the North Shore ...
- August 11th, 2017Instructor Spotlight: Stewart!
by Heather Grosso
Where would we be without our sailing instructors? Quality & energetic instructors & teachers make our programs engaging and memorable. They are essential to all we do and we can’t forget to thank our team who provides the knowledge and skills needed to set sail.
All sailors have ...
- August 11th, 2017Semipalmated Sandpipers
by Brent Bomkamp
As members of the Oyster Bay community, we are fortunate to have one of the largest National Wildlife Refuges on Long Island protecting the waters of West Harbor, Cold Spring Harbor, and Oyster Bay Harbor. This preserved area provides shelter for countless marine organisms and the species that rely ...
More News & Updates